Posts Tagged ‘Bruce BonFleur’

God and man at Whiteclay

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By David Rooks / RAPID CITY JOURNAL

When Bruce Bonfleur arrived on Pine Ridge Reservation, he traveled a well-worn path: that of the white Christian come to save the Indian. Since the Rez’s inception, Lakota people have been, depending on your point of view, blessed or cursed by these missionaries. My dad says back in the 1920s they were already calling them SOTS (saviors of the Sioux). (more…)

$14,900 for Whiteclay

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

By Paul Hammel / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — A state agency has announced a $14,900 grant to help entrepreneurs and young people in Whiteclay.

The northwest Nebraska border town is notorious for its four liquor stores that annually sell 3.2 million cans of beer, mostly to the residents of the officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Indian commission grant to spur business in Whiteclay

Monday, March 21st, 2011

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs has awarded a $14,900 grant to expand business in Whiteclay.

The money comes from state funds set aside in a legislative bill passed in spring 2010, and the program is meant to address economic development, health care and law enforcement needs in Whiteclay, where four beer stores sell nearly 4 million cans of beer a year. Most of that beer is sold to residents of the nearby dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Indian Commission asks for Whiteclay money

Monday, February 28th, 2011

By JoAnne Young / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Judi gaiashkibos says $15,000 isn’t a lot of money to be asking to help out the people who live near the Nebraska-South Dakota border town of Whiteclay.

“$15,000 is just such a small amount of money it’s almost embarrassing,” gaiashkibos said. “But I also think it’s hopeful and promising, and so you have to start somewhere.” (more…)

Whiteclay a village on the edge

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Published Sunday July 18, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

WHITECLAY, Neb. — Business is booming in Whiteclay, and it’s not just the 4.6 million cans of beer sold there last year.

Many people know Whiteclay as the small, unincorporated village on the border of Nebraska and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a tiny spot on the map with a big alcohol problem. It’s where four beer stores sold 191,649 cases of beer in 2009, according to the Nebraska Liquor Commission. That translates into about 4.6 million cans. (more…)

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation dry, alcohol comes in anyway

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Published Monday July 5, 2010
BY RANDALL HOWELL (Native Sun News Managing Editor)
NATIVE AMERICAN TIMES

WHITE CLAY, Neb. –– They will be back like a bad hangover.

And, they’ll be setting up what has become known as the Whiteclay Blockade – a blockade that serves as a one-day barrier to what amounts to the smuggling of alcohol – beer, mostly – onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Noble efforts begin at Whiteclay

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Published Saturday May 1, 2010
THE PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

An April 27 news story on Whiteclay, Neb., commendably focused on the cleanup efforts taking place. (more…)

‘Little ray of hope’ for Whiteclay

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Published Tuesday April 27, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Officials hope a weekend cleanup in the notorious border town of Whiteclay, Neb., will lead to more cleanups and a renewed effort to increase law enforcement. (more…)

Unearthing hope from beneath Whiteclay trash

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Published Sunday April 25, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

WHITECLAY – Jack Andersen pulled beer cans and plastic bottles from a flooded ditch Saturday, trying to make a dent in the pile of garbage that had collected for untold months and years in a neglected corner of this village near Pine Ridge, S.D. (more…)

Tribal support could improve lives on the reservation

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Published Tuesday March 30, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
SCOTTSBLUFF STAR HERALD

SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB. — Over the years we’ve grown skeptical of efforts to “solve” the problem of beer sales in Whiteclay.

Much of the noise seems calculated to promote the careers of celebrity “activists” rather than address the real problem, which is rampant alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. Critics of the beer merchants have always found it convenient to overlook that those buying the beer are willing customers who would simply look elsewhere if the Whiteclay stores were shut down. (more…)